New Kia Picanto makes World Wide Debut in Barcelona

Friday, 25 May 2007

Kia’s best seller is about to get bigger and better.

Only millimetres bigger but miles better in every way, the face-lifted Picanto is set for a world debut at the Barcelona show on June 7.

Kia’s design teams have updated Picanto to exude glamour while still maintaining its cheeky charm. A rounder nose and deeper rear bumper make the new model 40mm longer than its predecessor. Further changes in Picanto’s looks are a result of all-new panels on the bonnet, front wings and front and rear bumpers. This new ‘rounded’ theme is also reflected in the light clusters and newly designed grille which will be gradually introduced across the Kia range. Fresh new colours and a restyled rounded exterior create a more intimate feel which continues on the interior as well.

The upgraded interior comes in five funky new colours to complement the nine new exterior colours on offer. New audio equipment and power steering will also enhance Picanto’s high quality driving experience seldom offered in this sector.

Kia Motors European Vice President, Jean-Charles Lievens commented on this latest addition to the Kia range: “Picanto has been a great success for Kia, achieving more than 250,000 sales across Europe in a segment where we previously had no presence. Now we have refreshed our small car, upgrading its equipment and introducing a range of customer benefits, we aim to maintain its appeal and expand sales to 90,000 units annually over the next few years.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

For further information please visit www.kia-media.co.uk or contact the press office as follows:

Sue Cugley,
Senior Press Officer,
01932 832 073,
scugley@kia.co.uk

Stephen Kitson,
Communications Director,
01932 832 075,
skitson@kia.co.uk

Jon Walsh,
Senior Press Officer,
01932 832 071,
jwalsh@kia.co.uk

Anne Almeida,
Press Officer,
01932 832 072,
aalmeida@kia.co.uk

Grant Cahalane,
Press Office Admin,
01932 832 079,
gcahalane@kia.co.uk

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